WVU women’s football takes victory in final non-conference game
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No.15-ranked University of West Virginia women’s soccer team rounded out their non-conference roster with a 2-1 win over Kent State at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Sunday after- noon in Morgantown.
Senior defender Jordan Brewster took advantage of a first-half penalty opportunity to put the Mountaineers (6-2-1) on the board, but it was the goal of senior forward Lauren Segalla in the 61st minute that made the difference in the game. The West Virginia defense narrowly missed the shutout after Kent State managed to convert a penalty kick in the last minute of the game. Brewster’s PK was his second of the season, while Segalla’s score was the sixth winner of his career.
“It was a tough game,” said Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “Kent State was very organized. They didn’t play on Thursday so they had a good week training for us and did a great job disrupting us. However, we came out of here with a big victory. Obviously there was a lot of frustration towards the end, but that’s part of the game. ”
West Virginia’s first big opportunity came in the 17th minute from junior defender Nicole Payne’s boot, who took a great flat from Segalla inside the box. Payne was successful, but his shot was just outside the near post.
It was Brewster’s penalty goal that made the difference in the first half, as she capitalized on it after senior midfielder Isabella Sibley was shot down by a KSU defender inside the surface. After Brewster’s goal, the Mountaineers and Golden Flash traded possession for the remainder of the half, and West Virginia took the one-goal lead in the locker room.
To open the 45 seconds, WVU counted a trio of shots at second-year midfielder Lilly McCarthy, Sibley and Segalla, but each was saved by Kent State goalkeeper Sarah Melen. Finally, in the 61st minute, Segalla managed to find the back of the net with a header on a well-placed cross from first-year forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran. From there, both teams seemed to lose urgency until the 89th minute when Brewster was whistled for a crowd foul inside the box. In the second penalty spot of the game, this time for the visitors, KSU’s Cameron Shedenhelm buried the PK to deprive the Mountaineers of the shutout, but WVU ultimately came home with the win.
West Virginia recorded 19 shots to go along with nine shots on goal and 11 corner kicks. The Mountaineer defense managed to limit KSU to just three shots on goal and a corner kick. Junior goaltender Kayza Massey added three saves in the afternoon, narrowly missing the shutout. Also of note, Kent State was called for 14 fouls and three yellow cards, while WVU was only called for seven fouls.
With the win, WVU took a 1-0 lead in the series, as the teams met for the first time in program history on Sunday. Kent State became West Virginia’s 116th all-time opponent. Additionally, first-year defenseman Ruby Darling recorded her first playing action for the Mountaineers against the Golden Flash.
Next week, the Mountaineers open the Big 12 Conference game, which hosts Iowa State on Friday, September 24. Kick-off at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.